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Flying Stories for March 4, 2011


Some stories that you may have missed this week.

Not too many links this time. Some weeks are just that way…

Just in case you are one of the 2-3 people who has not yet seen this clip. The video was taken by a Software developer Neil on Monday while on on a flight departing from Orlando – talk about being in the right place at the right time – and the flight departure was just late enough…

Pan Am may see life again in a new television series.
An executive producer at ABC who worked as a Pan Am stewardess for seven years is trying to get a new television series started that is based upon her experiences. So far only a pilot episode has been ordered into production. It will be interesting to see if the effort is successful.

First female Osprey pilot completes training.
This is an article from the Air Education and Training Command. 1st Lt Candice Killian has finished training as a pilot flying the CV-22. She will now be assigned duty at Hurlburt Field in Florida.

1909 Silver Dart replica arrives at Canadian Air Force Museum. 1909 Silver Dart replica airplane
This is an article from the Northumberland News. A former Air Canada airline captain and his mechanic friend have built an exact replica of a 1909 Silver Dart, the first airplane to fly in Canada. They have donated it to the National Air Force Museum of Canada to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the historic flight by John McCurdy in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Here is a link to the National Air Force Museum of Canada..

First female marine pilot speaks her mind.
This is an article from The Press in Milbury, OH – near Toledo as far as I can tell. Lt. Col. Sarah Deal became the Marine Corps’ first female pilot in about 1995 and is now serving in the Marine Corps Reserves. This article covers a presentation she made to an American Legion post. She discusses why she joined the Marines and experience she had during a tour in Afghanistan in 2009-10.


2 responses to “Flying Stories for March 4, 2011”

  1. Cedarglen Avatar

    Thanks for a good reading list Tracy,
    Congratulations to the Air Force flyer who is the first woman to fly the CV-22. That said, that crazy machine is a horrid thing. I just hope they finally have the bugs worked out. The Boeing/Bell team has been working on it for over 30 years and will have spent nearly $130 Billion by the time the first round of deliveries is completed. While it can perform a variety of unique feats, it also lacks a lot of the inherant safety and stability features of both fixed and fling winged aircraft. I have no fear of flying in almost anything, but I would not ride in a CV-22. Lastly and with a serious chuckle about press release ‘spin,’ while the mentioned felmale flyer is the first to the the thing FOR THE AIR FORCE, The Marine Corps version (MV-22) has had at least one female pilot sine 2006. I tink the tax payer got had with this one.

  2. Tracy Avatar

    The military has been working on something like the CV-22 for much longer than that. I worked at Wright-Patterson in the late 1970s and had a test engineer working for me who had done work on a prototype long before I got there. A few have flown in to Reno-Stead the past couple of years. It looks like a nice machine, but I haven’t had the chance to talk to anybody flying one yet.